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Diagnostic Assessment Services

School improvement and transformation is complex – let us help you understand where you are and how to get where you want to go.

The rare combination of a passion for educational reform and deep practitioner experience makes NAEP a partner who not only understands the problems, but also has the timely solutions.  Our School and District Comprehensive Needs Assessment and Diagnostic Services serve as an MRI, CT Scan and health improvement plan all in one: 

  • Holistic Classroom Walkthroughs – Immerse your school in transformative change with our immersive classroom walkthroughs which provide a granular view of teaching practices, student engagement and learning environments. NAEP team members expertly decode your observations and simultaneously train your staff on conducting in-depth classroom walkthroughs, offering actionable insights to amplify instructional impact and elevate overall classroom dynamics.
  • In-Depth Stakeholder Interviews – Unlock the collective wisdom and reality-based perspectives of your educational community through our objective and structured interview sequence. By engaging teachers, leaders, parents, students and community members, we paint a comprehensive picture of your school’s strengths and challenges thus fostering a collaborative approach that resonates with diverse perspectives.
  • Strategic Data Analysis – Elevate decision-making with our rigorous data analysis, unraveling the story behind the numbers. Beyond mere statistics, NAEP will help you distill actionable trends from academic performance, attendance and disciplinary records, guiding your school towards evidence-based strategies for sustained improvement.
  • Curriculum and Instructional Mastery Position your school at the forefront of educational innovation by aligning curriculum and instructional practices with state-of-the-art standards and your state’s and district’s curricular requirements. NAEP consultants meticulously review materials and strategies, ensuring a seamless blend of academic rigor and student-centered learning for unparalleled educational excellence.
  • Infrastructure Optimization Transform your school environment into a catalyst for success with our infrastructure and facilities assessment. From classroom layouts to technology integration, our recommendations are tailored to create an inspiring and safe space that enhances the overall educational experience.
  • Resource Maximization Strategies Empower your school’s financial stewardship with our no nonsense budget and resource utilization analysis. We help you make sure your budget meets your student and educator needs, providing a roadmap for optimal allocation that magnifies the impact of every dollar, fostering a financially resilient and student-centric institution.
  • Community-Centric Approach Forge a lasting connection between your school and the community it serves. Our needs assessment goes beyond the walls of the institution, conducting a thorough analysis of community needs and expectations. This approach positions your school as a vital hub within the community, fostering collaboration and support for shared educational goals.

You need a tangible, actionable, research-based framework to get R.E.S.U.L.T.S!

There are dozens, maybe hundreds of school diagnostic frameworks. NAEP’s R.E.S.U.L.T.S. Model is not only research-based and proven time and time again in schools across the nation, it is tangible and concrete, focusing on the levers and actions that yield the most dramatic school improvement. Take a look at each “Domain” of our R.E.S.U.L.T.S. model below to see the key indicators that will be comprehensively assessed and diagnosed as part of your school or school district’s Comprehensive Needs Assessment/Diagnostic Process.

R - Real-time Data-Driven Improvement Process

Real-Time Data-Driven Improvement Process is the analysis of data in a timely manner to drive the instruction to promote student achievement that is aligned to the necessary levels of career and college readiness.  

  • Data Collection System – School Personnel utilize the developed and/or acquired research-based assessment tools in a consistent manner to track and monitor student’s academic proficiency and progression, including formal and informal formative and summative assessment processes.
  • Proactive Data Analysis – Instructional personnel plan ahead with regards to the collection and analysis of critical data regarding school and student performance that includes multiple measures  such as academic, attendance, and behavior indicators and specific benchmarks thereof.
  • Rubric for Successful Evaluation – School Leaders and teachers follow a consistent process to conduct ongoing analysis of student challenges and strengths by using assessment data, along with student and teacher surveys.
  • Data as a Decision Driver – School leaders and teachers utilize data to make key decisions, from the selection of professional development to student placement in classrooms and intervention and enrichment programming.
  • Targeted Student-Centered Achievement Goals – Teachers collaborate with students to set measurable targets for improved achievement and engage and increase student ownership of their data.
  • Targeted School & Teacher Achievement Goals – Administration and teachers collaborate in setting measurable targets for improved achievement and student outcomes at the student, classroom, grade, and school levels.
E - Extended Learning Opportunity

Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) is designed to improve the educational performance of targeted students through learning assistance programs that are supplemental to required, basic instruction. ELO provides students with targeted instructional support for reinforcement, remediation, and enrichment of national, state, and local standards. The main goal of an ELO is to close the achievement gap for students performing below grade level expectations and to provide an enriching experience for students in a safe and welcoming environment.  

  • ELO Component Alignment – School leaders select ELO curriculum and allocate ELO personnel based on the specific needs of the students within the program.
  • Targeted Professional Development – School leaders ensure that teachers receive Professional Development that provides support in the implementation and delivery of the resources being utilized during ELO.
  • Progress Monitoring System – School leaders and teachers implement a system of continuous feedback to track overall ELO programming effectiveness through monitoring student work folders, attendance, conducting walkthroughs, and feedback from formative assessments.
  • Enriched Student Learning Opportunities – Teachers provide experiences within the Extended Learning Opportunity program that will focus on complementing rather than duplicating school learning.
S - Standards-based Curriculum and Assessment

Standards-Based Curriculum and Assessment provides a cyclical framework to align instruction, curriculum and assessment to the district, state and national standards including the Common Core State Standards.  Through the implementation of research-based practices, practitioners will be guided towards excellence in the development and refinement of the design of their instructional practices as we promote the rigor and relevance students need to be successful in the 21st century student toward career and college-readiness.

  • Sequential Instructional Scope – Teachers and instructional coaches develop strategic instructional scopes, curriculum frameworks and/or pacing guides that align to the school’s curriculum and local, state and national standards including Common Core State Standards.
  • Strategic Professional Development – Professional development both through a data-driven/needs-based process and a standardized “best practices” professional development format provided to teachers and administrators.
  • Formative Assessments – Administrators, teachers and instructional coaches develop a customized approach to creating and implementing formative benchmark assessments to align with local, state and national standards including the Common Core State Standards.
  • NAEP Coaching Model – Teachers develop their craft by participating in a systematic capacity building process of customized instructional support through the NAEP Coaching Model.
  • Instructional Calendars – Teachers and instructional coaches create standards-based, data-driven instructional focus calendars that align to local, state and national assessments including those developed by the assessment consortiums.
U - Unified Culture of Excellence

The purpose of a Unified Culture of Excellence is central to positive student success and holistic school transformation. The ultimate goal of a Unified Culture of Excellence is to collaboratively unite parents, teachers, students, staff and community to help all schools acquire the academic, behavioral and climate tools needed to develop and access cultures that continue to drive excellence, and move student achievement one child, one classroom, and one school at a time together.

  • Classroom Culture – Teachers assess the culture of individual classrooms that are conducive to learning
  • Culture of Unified Student Success – Administration and Teachers develop a high expectations for learning and achievement
  • Safe School Culture – Administration and Teachers cultivate a safe and caring learning environment
  • Culture of Recognition and Achievement – Administration and Teachers promote high student motivation and engagement
  • Professional Faculty Culture – Administration and Teachers endorse a professional faculty culture through
  • Cultural Competency – Diversity among students and adults it utilized as a source of connection and understanding, as opposed to a barrier for collaboration and cooperation.
L - Leader Effectiveness

Leader Effectiveness is grounded in the national standards for accomplished transformational and strategic leadership promoted by the Center for Educational Change.  Leader effectiveness is developed through guided job embedded practice and demonstration of accomplished performance in each of nine research-based components designed to increase the capacity of school and district leaders.  The overarching aim in the domain Leader Effectiveness is to facilitate effective improvement in teaching and learning and consecutively increase student engagement and performance so that all students are prepared to meet career and college readiness expectations. 

  • Leading by Results and Design – School leaders set measurable and ambitious goals segmented by actionable steps to reach the targeted end in mind. 
  • Developing a Vision and School Mission – School leaders collaborate to create a shared vision and mission through which groups of people form a sense of commitment.
  • Leading Teaching, Learning, and Accountability – School leaders provide effective, high impact leadership in the development, implementation, and monitoring of a rigorous, relevant, and balanced curriculum to ensure optimal student learning and achievement.
  • Knowing Stakeholders – School leaders build trust and foster positive working relationships on the basis of appropriate values and ethical foundations within the entire school community.
  • Building a Culture of Learning – School leaders set and value high expectations, respect and embrace diversity, supports innovation and creativity, and addresses diverse talents and learning styles.
  • Leading Strategically – School leaders implement strategic management processes to help focus collective energy and efforts to ensure that school members are working toward the same goals.
  • Marketing the School – School leaders effectively advocate both internally and externally for the advancement of the school’s mission and educational goals by galvanizing all stakeholders to support student learning and school success.
  • Demanding ethical behavior – School leaders dedicate themselves to modeling, promoting, and maintaining high standards of ethical behavior throughout the school community.
  • Engaging in professional learning and self-reflection – School leaders engage in a process of personal reflection that allows them to share their experiences, successes, and challenges with colleagues and raise questions that foster collaborative personal and professional learning and growth.
T - Teacher Effectiveness

A process and cycle of teacher development that is embedded in the National Standards for Effective Teaching and is driven by state, district and school-based needs. Teacher effectiveness is developed through several research-based components designed to increase the capacity of instructional pedagogy. The ultimate goal of Teacher Effectiveness is designed to move student achievement one child, one classroom, and one school at a time.

o   Research-Based Differentiated Instruction – Teachers use a purposeful array of activities and resources including hands-on and group work to engage students

Classroom Integrated Technology – Teachers have a firm grasp of available technology and understand how it enhances the instructional process.

o   Dynamic Professional Learning Communities  – Teacher planning at the collaborative level consists of interactions that are authentic, active, and timely.

▪   The school’s Master Schedule provides for same content area teacher planning periods.

▪   The school has an implementation plan for each PLC that consists of a framework that is easy to monitor and has measurable desired outcomes.

▪   All instructional staff receive adequate training on how to effectively implement a successful PLC.

▪   School and District Leaders have a monitoring plan to assess the effectiveness of the PLC that contains measurable objectives such as the increased use of a specific instructional methodology in every classroom by a certain time frame.

o   Targeted Individual Teacher Planning – Effective teacher planning at the individual level is focused and aligned to standards and research.

o   Proactive Classroom Management System – Teachers exercise classroom management to ensure a conducive learning environment.

o   Integrated Content Knowledge and Instructional Delivery – Teachers demonstrate optimal balance of content knowledge and instructional delivery

o   Understanding of Student Needs – Teachers design lessons based on individual and group student needs.

o   Student Achievement Based Professional Development – Professional Development reflects best practices and is based on real-time teacher and student needs.

o   Targeted Instructional Mentorship – Coaches and/or department chairs promote teacher growth through effectively providing in-class, job-embedded service and support.

o   Balanced & Objective Teacher Capacity Development Process – Teacher capacity development systems target student achievement through recognizing teacher growth while prescribing an action plan for areas of opportunity. 

S - Student Performance and Engagement

Student Engagement and Performance is deeply rooted in national and state curriculum standards. Student Engagement and Performance is increased through job-embedded instructional support and coaching that allows educators to demonstrate distinguished performance in each of five research-based components designed to build the capacity of school leaders and teachers.  The overarching objective of Student Engagement and Performance is to develop educators to ensure they are prepared to provide rigorous  and relevant instruction to meet the emerging needs of all learners.

  • Expectation for Student Learning – School leaders and teachers establish and maintain belief systems of high expectations for student learning and success for all built on routines that capture the learner’s interest in attaining success.
  • Culture of Active Learners – Teachers plan activities and lessons that are stimulating in order to ignite students’ thinking, which produces learning environments where academic excellence is cultivated.
  • Sustainable Student Engagement – Teachers are committed to engaging students in routines that ensure a disciplined learning environment built on instructional goals that meet the needs of individual students as well as the needs of the class as a whole.
  • Performance-Based Instructional Design – Instruction and assessments are standards based and developed to evaluate student growth and mastery of desired learning outcomes. Multiple measurement tools are utilized to establish a fluid evaluation system that can be modified based upon student data and teacher observation.
  • Student-Driven Progress Monitoring Plan – Teachers create an environment that encourages students to take ownership of their individual growth as a learner and empowers them to develop a self-monitoring plan of their learning progression.

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NAEP Needs Assessments Across the United States and Outlying Territories
School District of St. Croix (US Virgin Islands)
School District of St. Thomas/St. John (US Virgin Islands)
Academir Charter Schools
Lincoln Marti Charter Schools
Valley High School (Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada)
El Dorado High School (Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada)
Raul Arnaldo Martinez Charter School (Charter School, Florida)
Central High School (Providence Public Schools, Rhode Island)
Mount Pleasant High School (Providence Public Schools, Rhode Island)
Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex (Providence Public Schools, Rhode Island)
Gilbert Stewart Middle School (Providence Public Schools, Rhode Island)
Carl G. Lauro Elementary School (Providence Public Schools, Rhode Island)
Buffalo Public School of Technology #6 (Buffalo Public Schools, New York)
Waukegan High School (Waukegan, Illinois)
Bay View High School (Milwaukee Public Schools - Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Bradley Technology and Trade High School (Milwaukee Public Schools - Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Washington High School (Milwaukee Public Schools - Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
School of Career and Technical Education (Custer) (Milwaukee Public Schools - Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Casimir Pulaski High School (Milwaukee Public Schools - Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Alexander Hamilton High School (Milwaukee Public Schools - Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
ALAS High School (Milwaukee Public Schools - Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Manuel Febres Gonzales Middle School (Puerto Rico Department of Education)

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